Did Muhammad Exist?: An Inquiry into Islam's Obscure Origins by Robert Spencer

By Robert Spencer

Are jihadists demise for a fiction? every little thing you idea you knew approximately Islam is set to change.

Did Muhammad exist?

It is a question that few have thought—or dared—to ask. almost all people, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, takes with no consideration that the prophet of Islam lived and led in seventh-century Arabia.

But this commonly authorized tale starts to collapse on shut exam, as Robert Spencer indicates in his eye-opening new book.

In his blockbuster bestseller The fact approximately Muhammad, Spencer printed the stunning contents of the earliest Islamic biographical fabric in regards to the prophet of Islam. Now, in Did Muhammad Exist?, he uncovers that material's unusually shaky old foundations. Spencer meticulously examines historic documents, archaeological findings, and pioneering new scholarship to reconstruct what we will be able to find out about Muhammad, the Qur'an, and the early days of Islam. The proof he offers demanding situations the main basic assumptions approximately Islam's origins.

Did Muhammad Exist? reveals:
• How the earliest biographical fabric approximately Muhammad dates from not less than one hundred twenty five years after his stated death
• How six a long time handed ahead of the Arabian conquerors—or the folks they conquered—even pointed out Muhammad, the Qur'an, or Islam
• The startling facts that the Qur'an was once made from current materials—including pre-Islamic Christian texts
• How even Muslim students recognize that numerous studies of Muhammad's deeds have been fabricated
• Why a well-known mosque inscription may perhaps refer to not Muhammad yet, astonishingly, to Jesus
• How the oldest documents bearing on a guy named Muhammad undergo little resemblance to the now-standard Islamic account of the lifetime of the prophet
• the various symptoms that Arabian leaders shaped Islam for political reasons

Far from an anti-Islamic polemic, Did Muhammad Exist? is a sober yet unflinching examine the origins of 1 of the world's significant religions. whereas Judaism and Christianity were subjected to looking ancient feedback for greater than centuries, Islam hasn't ever got an analogous remedy on any major scale.

The genuine tale of Muhammad and early Islam has lengthy remained within the shadows. Robert Spencer brings it into the sunshine in the end.

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The Capitalist intellectual leadership however, is based upon a compromise solution reached after a bloody struggle between the clergy and the intellectuals, which had lasted for many centuries and it resulted with the idea of separation of the deen from the state. Therefore, both the Communist and Capitalist intellectual leaderships failed since they contradict man's nature (fiTrah) and are not built upon the intellect. In conclusion, of the three intellectual leaderships, only the Islamic intellectual leadership is correct, because it is built upon the mind, it agrees with man's nature (fiTrah) and, thus man positively responds to it.

However, if they prevented them from doing so then all would be saved". This outlook to the community and the individual establishes a distinct concept about society. The individuals as part of the community must have thoughts (afkaar) that bind them together and by which they live. They must also share the same emotions (mashaa'ir) by which they are influenced and they proceed according to them. Additionally, they must have one system to address all of their life's problems. Hence, society is composed of individuals, thoughts, emotions and systems.

Qxd 8/28/2002 3:55 PM Page 57 This is from the rational perspective. However with regards to man's nature (fiTrah), the Islamic intellectual leadership agrees with man's nature (fiTrah) since it recognises the existence of deen, its necessity in life and the obligation to manage life according to the commands and prohibitions of Allah . Religiousness is innate (fiTriy) in man since it is one of man's instincts with its own response, namely sanctification, which is a natural response to a specific instinct that differs from all the other responses of other instincts.

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